|Introduced||April 29, 1993|
|TLD type||Country code top-level domain|
|Registry||Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science|
|Sponsor||University of Latvia|
|Intended use||Entities connected with Latvia|
|Actual use||Popular in Latvia|
|Registration restrictions||None (some subdomains may have restrictions)|
|Structure||Registrations are accepted directly at the second level and also at the third level beneath various second-level labels|
|Documents||General rules; .gov.lv policy|
|Dispute policies||Dispute resolution policy|
.lv is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Latvia. It was introduced on 29 April 1993, two years after the country's independence.
Registration is permitted at the second level, and this is the form of registration currently encouraged by the registry; however, registrations are also accepted at the third level beneath a number of subdomains:
Registration is open to foreigners, though the dispute policy says that precedence is generally given to domestic users. There does not appear to be much non-Latvian use of this TLD; exceptions include a few sites apparently using it to suggest Las Vegas—much as .la is used for Los Angeles—or “love”—as in “my.lv,” “we.lv,” or “true.lv”—and “live”—as in “xbx.lv” used by Microsoft for shortening links to their Xbox Live service—but these types of uses are not widespread.
The gambling site Bovada, formerly known as Bodog, moved to an .lv domain after the United States Department of Homeland Security confiscated its former domain, bodog.com, in 2012.
Internationalized domain names may also be registered.